What does the midwife do at a home birth?

The first thing she does is to estabilish that you are actually in labour. Your midwife will ask you question as to what has happened so far, the length, strength and frequency of your contractions, check your blood pressure and examine you internally. Once labour is confirmed, if in the early stages she may leave you to have a bath and return later. Once you are in established labour she will stay with you, monitor that both you and baby are coping well with the stresses of labour and offer general support. She will deliver the baby, placenta and suture you afterwards if it is needed. She will also inspect, weigh and bathe your baby and assist you feeding. Only when she is happy all is well will she leave you. Either the same midwife, or another one will come back to see you later that day.
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